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Heavy rocket barrage on central Israel, hitting Tel Aviv, causes fatalities and injures dozens

By YAAKOV LAPPIN

– A heavy rocket barrage fired by Gazan terror factions at central Israel killed an Israeli woman in Rishon Letzion and injured more than 20 civilians in multiple locations.

In Holon, eight people were injured and taken to hospital, two in serious condition, said Israeli paramedics. Five civilians sustained light injures in Givatayim, east of Tel Aviv.

“United Hatzalah volunteers treated a bus driver who...

The Pew study cheat sheet: 10 key conclusions from the new survey of American Jews

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Meet America’s Jews: They’re older, more educated, richer and less religious, on average, than the rest of the country.

They’re overwhelmingly white, though Jews under 30 are more diverse. Most of them care about Israel, though one in 10 support the movement to boycott it. Most of their young adults are marrying non-Jews, though the growing Orthodox community is not.

Those are some of the...

The fighting in Gaza, Jerusalem and across Israel, explained

By BEN SALES and RON KAMPEAS

(JNS.org) — Rocket attacks in Israel. Airstrikes in Gaza. Violence in Jerusalem’s holiest sites. Protests across the city.

It feels like Israel is in chaos. What is going on? And why is it happening now? Here’s what you need to know.

What is happening in Israel right now? Is this another war?

Not yet — but things aren’t looking good. For weeks, Palestinians in...

Hamas targets Jerusalem with rocket fire amid escalating tensions

– Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups have launched at least seven rockets towards Jerusalem on Monday evening in a significant escalation of ongoing tensions in the Israeli capital over the last several days.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, Palestinian terrorists fired seven rockets towards Jerusalem, with one of the projectiles intercepted by Israeli air defenses and the others landing in open areas.

Videos out of Jerusalem show...

Arabs riot, stone police following dawn prayers on the Temple Mount

– Unrest continued in Jerusalem on Sunday morning, as Arab protesters attacked Israeli police in the Old City following dawn prayers on the Temple Mount, hurling stones and chanting: “With spirit and blood, we’ll redeem you, Al-Aqsa!” The Red Crescent reported that 10 people were injured in the resulting clashes.

On Saturday night, some 80,000 Muslim worshippers gathered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque to mark Laylat Al-Qadr, the holiest...

Amid pandemic misery, India’s Jews try to stay safe while offering relief to the hardest hit

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Nissim Pingle, the head of Mumbai’s Jewish community center, hasn’t left his home since March.

That’s when COVID-19 began to overtake India. A second wave of infections has overwhelmed its health system and is producing a daily death toll of at least 4,000. The country is on track to have the world’s highest death toll by far, as stories pile up of people succumbing to...

Israeli centrist Yair Lapid is given an opportunity to replace Benjamin Netanyahu

(JTA) — Yair Lapid, an Israeli centrist, has officially been given the opportunity to remove Benjamin Netanyahu from power.

On Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin gave Lapid the mandate to form the next coalition government in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. If Lapid succeeds, Netanyahu will be out as prime minister for the first time in 12 years. This marks the closest Netanyahu has come to losing his position since 2009.

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Did Netanyahu just lose? Here’s what happened Tuesday in Israeli politics.

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to form a government by the deadline imposed by Israeli law, thrusting the country into uncertain political territory yet again. 

This could mean that after more than 12 years as Israel’s prime minister, Netanyahu will have to leave office. But he’s been in this situation before and managed to survive. It all depends on what happens next: Another...

No Jazz Fest Shabbat? No problem! Buy Touro’s CD or digital download

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Last year, for the first time in three decades, the Touro Synagogue Jazz Fest Shabbat was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the past year dragged on and the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were still in emergency-use FDA trials, it became evident to Touro Synagogue Cantor Kevin Margolius he would have to make another tough call on behalf of...

UPDATE: At least 45 people dead in stampede at mass Lag B’Omer holiday celebration in Israel

(JTA) — At least 45 people were crushed to death and at least 150 wounded Thursday night in a stampede during a celebration that drew tens of thousands of haredi Orthodox Jews to the northern Israeli mountain village of Meron.

Meron is home to the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, an ancient sage associated with the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer, which began Thursday night. More than 100,000 people...